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New York Picks Barack Obama Over Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum: Poll

New Yorkers told pollsters: "I Heart Barack Obama" in a Quinnipiac University survey released this morning.

They gave him a 50-46 percent job-approval rating, unchanged from his 50-45 percent in December. And 50-45 percent want Obama to stick around and think he deserves to be re-elected to a second term in office.

No surprise here, but New York's voters don't really like any of the Republican candidates that much. Obama beats Mitt Romney 52-35 percent, Newt Gingrich by 57-31 percent, and Rick Santorum by 53-35 percent.

In terms of the primary pack, though, Romney has 32 percent of the vote, followed by Santorum's 20 percent, Ron Paul's 14 percent, and Newt Gingrich's 10 percent.

"New York is blue. Voters give President Barack Obama only fair marks -- on doing his job and whether he deserves to keep it -- but he trounces the current Republican crop," says Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "New York Republicans don't seem to be joining the 'anyone-but-Romney' dance."

They also fancy Governor Andrew Cuomo, who has a 69-19 percent job-approval rating -- and 64 percent of voters like "Cuomo as a person," too. (Aww.)

Even Republicans approve of Cuomo's work: 64-21 percent.

"When will the honeymoon end? Governor Andrew Cuomo's job-approval numbers moved up last year, and they stay up. New Yorkers like him as a person, and, equally, they like his policies," Carroll says.

Embattled Senator Kirsten Gillibrand still measures up as mediocre among voters, with a 47-26 percent approval rating, below her normal 50 percent mark.

"While there is no strong Republican challenger in the running so far, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has struggled for two years to stay above that 50 percent job-approval mark. The rough and tumble of a re-election campaign could take its toll," Carroll says.

Chuck Schumer is having an easier time -- 60-29 percent of voters think he's doing a good job.

Other interesting info from today's data?

A little over half of the 1,233 New Yorkers questioned -- 54-26 percent -- think that Atlantic City-style casinos would be good for the state.

(H/T City and State).

Follow Victoria Bekiempis @vicbekiempis.


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